10 of the best free apps for students
Technology is great – and it’s even better when it can help you to become a successful student! From organising your timetable to helping you find your way around, we’ve chosen ten of the best free apps for students…
INTO’s Kate Standing talks you through the best iOS, Android and Blackberry apps designed to make your student life easier.
1. INTO app
#1 on our list of great apps is the official INTO app (of course). Individual centres have their own apps so all the information is tailored around your needs. Your INTO app will guide you through your pre-departure checklist, support you through the arrival process, and provide you with all the campus information you’ll need.
At the start of a new term you’ll have a new academic schedule and to make sure you never miss a thing, you can digitalise your timetable with an app that lets you put in the times and locations of all your classes. It is also available here for Android.
This is a really cool app that allows you to get creative when you’re taking notes. As well as note-writing, you can take photos, record audio and share your saved items with other mobile devices. One of our favourite features is the camera function which lets you photograph pages from text books.
Sometimes you can get so busy that it’s hard to remember to do everything! But you can keep on top of your ‘To do’ list with Trello, a nifty list-writing, life-managing app. Not only do you get the satisfaction of ticking off the jobs you’ve done, but you can share lists – so it’s great for organising group projects in your class. You can even integrate it with your Google Drive and Dropbox accounts to upload files, as well as adding links and photos to your tasks, and setting alarms for due dates.
Available on Android and iOS, this app has to be a necessity for students learning a new language. Having a translator on your phone can help you to improve your vocabulary and communication skills when you’re out and about, plus the audio feature can assist you with your pronunciation.
6. Google Maps
Another app from Google that’s very useful for students – especially when you’re exploring a new city. Everybody gets lost sometimes and this map app is great for finding your way around. One of its best features is the option to find a route on public transport – it even tells you which number bus to catch and at what time it will arrive!
7. Big Oven
One of the challenges of living in a new country is getting used to the food but an even bigger challenge is being able to cook it! This can get pretty tricky but Big Oven will solve all these problems. Just enter a few ingredients and the app will find you a recipe – perfect for leftovers in your cupboard.
8. Red Laser
Being a student means that you’re probably living on a tight budget, so this price comparison app is ideal for savvy shopping. Just enter a keyword search or scan the barcode of the item you want (anything from laptops to shoes) and Red Lazer searches for the best price across stores.
Get on top of revision early with the Exam Countdown app. This does exactly what it says on the tin – counts down the days until your exams. All you need to do is add the subject and date of your exam, and you’ll never get caught short!
Ok – we know that studying abroad isn’t just about studying – it’s about having the experience of a lifetime! Instagram is a photo and video sharing app that lets you take pictures and videos, apply cool filters, and share them with your friends online. We love Instagram here at INTO and we’re always sharing your photos.
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